During its testing phase, TESS took a two-second exposure image of space by using just one camera, which it then sent back to NASA.
TESS has produced its "first light" science image.
The Kepler telescope has carried out a terrific job since launching in 2009, however with that workhorse satellite reaching the cessation of its lifestyles, or no longer it's time for the Transiting Exoplanet Gaze Satellite (TESS) to preserve over.On Monday, NASA shared "dawn" pictures of the southern sky beamed help to Earth from its fresh planet searching satellite.
The telescope is now scanning the night sky, staring down distant solar systems, and hunting for small, rocky, Earth-like planets. The images include parts of a dozen constellations, from Capricornus to Pictor, and both the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the galaxies nearest to our own.
The full frame captured a much bigger swath of the southern sky. Part of the data from TESS's initial science orbit includes a detailed picture of the southern sky taken with all four of the spacecraft's wide-field cameras.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) captured this strip of stars and galaxies in the southern sky all the way through one 30-minute duration on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. This first light science image shows the capabilities of TESS cameras, and shows that the mission will realize its incredible potential in our search for another Earth..
NASA's Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director, said: "In a sea of stars brimming with new worlds, TESS is casting a wide net and will haul in a bounty of promising planets for further study,". TESS will spend a year or so on the southern hemisphere and then work its way to the northern hemisphere, collecting an huge amount of data and relaying it back to scientists on Earth. It contained over 200,000 stars. When the data is analyzed, scientists will be able to detect minute dips in a star's brightness - suggesting that a planet has passed in front of it (relative to the telescope, of course). The team working on TESS even hope to find about 50 small, rocky planets that could be habitable to alien life. The results represent "first light" for the new space telescope, and indicate that it is ready to begin looking for exoplanets by monitoring nearly the entire night sky to look for regular dips in the brightness of relatively nearby stars. Now stocks of fuel on Kepler over, so in the near future, the Observatory will cease to exist.